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I am very happy with my posh glasses, from my posh opticians.

But because I sometimes forget to take my glasses
into work on monday, so I want a backup pair
to put in a drawer.

There are loads of cheap glasses-over-the-internet companies.

Can anyone recommend a particular one, that they've used successfully?

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Cheap prescription safety glasses while we're on the subject? :D


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I've ordered reading glasses with success direct from Hong Kong through ebay. Very cheap, £5? , or the £10 ones from Boots. Provided both eyes are about the same strength my optician told me there is no need to pay £200 for a prescription pair.

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John15 wrote:
I've ordered reading glasses with success direct from Hong Kong through ebay. Very cheap, £5? , or the £10 ones from Boots. Provided both eyes are about the same strength my optician told me there is no need to pay £200 for a prescription pair.

John


Sadly, I have a large (2 dioptre) difference between my eye, and some astigmatism, so off the shelf
AKA "reading glasses" won't work for me.

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This might sound daft, but for a spare emergency pair, could you get two £1 pairs from the poundshop, (I jest not), one for each eye, and nad one from the other set and put it into the frame to use?

For £2 all in, it might be worth a punt.

(But I'm no optician, so feel free to shoot me down - won't be offended)


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I had the same problem. I wondered if I could get 2 pairs of cheapies, one for each eye strength, and swap the lenses to match my eyes - you could even wear the other pair upside down as spare spares!

In the end I got some single vision readers from glassesdirect.co.uk

Timing! - same idea though.


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In my experience, it's always been the frames that cost the money.
I'm lucky that I only have to wear them for driving, so I got a pair for my car, another for the wife's and two pairs for use on the bike, all for £40 from Specsavers.


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I had the same problem. I wondered if I could get 2 pairs of cheapies, one for each eye strength, and swap the lenses to match my eyes - you could even wear the other pair upside down as spare spares!

In the end I got some single vision readers from glassesdirect.co.uk

Timing! - same idea though.


I got them to my new prescription there - they were all but unusable.


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I ordered safety specs from here http://www.safetyspecs.co.uk/index.htm
They were nicely made and a good price, the prescription was correct and pupil distance seemed correct too.

I have ordered other prescription glasses online and so far every pair has been correct. The main problem with online specs is that you need to make the adjustments yourself, as long as you are happy with this then its fine. Oh and you can't see how they look on you easily either. My solution is to buy 1-2 pairs from the optician that are my everyday, look smart glasses, and then I buy spare backups online.


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phil.p wrote:
geoffshep wrote:
I had the same problem. I wondered if I could get 2 pairs of cheapies, one for each eye strength, and swap the lenses to match my eyes - you could even wear the other pair upside down as spare spares!

In the end I got some single vision readers from glassesdirect.co.uk

Timing! - same idea though.


I got them to my new prescription there - they were all but unusable.


In light of your question - were they safety or "normal"

What made them unusable? Fit? Prescription wrong? Prone to scratching?

I (until now) thought glassesdirect looked quite promising :-(

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I might have been unlucky. They just didn't seem to be quite right. They were heavy and maybe the pupil spacing was wrong - they gave me a headache quite quickly.


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My eyes are +2 1/4 and +2 3/4 with a slight cast - the weaker left eye being very dominant - no wonder being right handed and right footed I can't shoot. :lol:


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The best and by far the cheapest source of new online glasses I have found is www.sorryformakingyousquint.com They are Brilliant!


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phil.p wrote:
I might have been unlucky. They just didn't seem to be quite right. They were heavy and maybe the pupil spacing was wrong - they gave me a headache quite quickly.


In the old days, there was a large available variation in frames. Not any more.


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